Issue #22


by Juan Carlos Lopez

2006 Sacramento IFBB Figure Pro and NPC Show

2006 Sacramento IFBB Figure Pro and NPC Show Review

20 Questions with IFBB Figure Pro and Cover Model Juliana Malacarne

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro and Cover Model Juliana Malacarne

Juliana Malacarne, Jitka Harazimova, Erika Branich, Crystal Callans, Heather Green

Top 5 Oatmeal Recipes
by Kaisa Piippo

The Story of Heather Bear
by Heather Bear

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro Julie "DJ" Wallis

The Colors of Figure (Make Up Tips)
by Linda Cusmano

Upper Leg Stretches Utilizing HPL Resistance Bands
by Summer Montabone

Video Interview with IFBB Fitness Pro Mindi O'Brien

Ask Misty Green
by Misty Green

Video Interview with IFBB Figure Pro Gina Camacho



Ask Misty by Misty Green 

I’ve only been competing for a short time and was wondering if matters on which shows I compete in.  If so, how do I go about picking the shows and how many do you suggest I do in a one year period?

Misty Green

Good questions Bethany and it really depends on what your goals are.  If you love competing for the sake of competing, then picking the shows to do are really pretty open.  It would just be a matter of timing for you.  If your goals are to get to the national level or possibly even the pro level, then it takes a little more planning.  The first thing I recommend is, to talk with your trainer and lay out a timeline for the year as well as setting a list of goals.  You could then go from there and pick out a tough local level show and see how you do. If you do well and the show was not a national level qualifier, the next step would be to do a show that is a national level qualifier.  If you place high enough and qualify for nationals, give yourself a great big pat on the back! You are now ready to move forward.  As long as you and your trainer feel that you are ready, then pick out a national level show and give it your best. Before I go on, I just have to say, be very proud of each and every one of your stepping stones.  I truly believe you have to take the time to reflect and celebrate all your victories, big and small.  Now that you have done a

Misty Green

national level show, set aside some time with your trainer to re-evaluate your timeline and your goals.  As for the number of shows to do in a year, I think it is going to vary from person to person and also depends on how your body holds up from show to show.  Some gals do two shows in a year and I have known some do up to seven.  Again, I insist on keeping open communication with your trainer about what you want to do and what the both of you decide is realistic for your mind and body.  Take care, train hard and have fun!

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About the Author...

Being a competitive track star, Misty decided to compete and is very close to obtaining her pro card. She impressed many at the 2005 Emerald Cup and Jr. Nationals in Chicago. Next year she will be looking to get her pro card. Misty's track background and strong plyometric techniques have made her legs stand out from all other competitors. The article here is a classic HardFitness read so enjoy and learn.

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